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USA Bobsled and Skeleton

Bobsled team selection begins with U.S. National Push Championships

July 29, 2013, 6:37 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

Bobsled team selection begins with U.S. National Push Championships

CALGARY, Canada (July 29, 2013)- Bobsled push athletes take the first step of national team selections by competing in the U.S. National Push Championships at the Calgary, Canada Ice House.   The selection committee will take push championship results into consideration when naming the national team this fall, and results will also play a role in Olympic team selection in January. 

“I love this competition and can’t wait to see who shows up to make a statement,” said USBSF CEO Darrin Steele.  “It’s the only time our push athletes get to showcase their individual abilities since they are pushing on their own in this competition.  A great push in Calgary does not guarantee any athlete a spot on the team, but a poor push can hurt your chances.  The results of previous push championships have been known to shuffle the deck, so it’s important to do well.”

Athletes will compete in a combine test, which measures speed and power, on Tuesday, July 30 (results can be found here).  Push championships will begin on Thursday, August 1 with the women’s brakeman event from 10 am-12 pm, and the men’s brakeman and side push competitions from 2-4 pm.  The woman with the lowest combined time over two heats will be determined the winner.  The men will get four runs each: one from the brake position, one from either side of the sled, and two heats with the option to push from any position. The athlete with the lowest combined time from their best brake push and best side push will be declared the winner.

Aja Evans and Steve Langton will look to defend their respective titles.  Despite being a rookie, Evan burst off the blocks to secure her first national push champion title last season.  Langton topped 39 competitors last fall to earn his fourth national title and is eager to add a fifth win to his resume.

Drivers will also compete from the driver push bar in a competition on Friday, August 2 from 5-7 pm, and coaches will select driver and push athlete combinations based on results for a series of race-offs on Saturday, August 3.  Elana Meyers and Nick Cunningham are the respective women’s and men’s defending champions in the driver push category.

The U.S. National Push Championships is the first official competition of the 2013-2014 season.  The next step in team selections will be a series of races on the Lake Placid, N.Y. and Park City, Utah tracks in October.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 518-354-2250 with media inquiries.

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Under Armour, United States National Guard, Kampgrounds of America, WIDIA, Boomerang Carnets, 24 Hour Fitness, Vivat!, Global Forwarding, KBC Helmets, Azad Watches, Latta USA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Autism Speaks, Park City Lodging, EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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